Sep 5, 2010 10:00pm EDT
safe on the street. thanks for joining us. i'm maureen umeh. >> and i'm will thomas. the alert comes after a couple of students have been beaten. the police ask them to protect themselves when i will they look for robbers. >> i actually got the warning on my cell phone. >> reporter: the latest robbery is a little too close for tom. police say a student walking alone there at 2 a.m. saturday was beaten and robbed by four suspects. >> i have heard about a couple of muggings before and this one is close to home. we live right over here. so it is pretty crazy. >> on august 29th, three students waiting for a bus at the university shuttle stop were approached by five suspects. a couple of the victims ran to the volunteer fire station for help. but one was assaulted and robbed. >> it seems the suspects are preying on victims during the early morning or late evening hours. >> reporter: two days before that incident, a similar one just down the street in the parking lot of the clarion hotel. this time the victims were three students who left car observing karaoke at ej's landing at 12:30 a.m.
Sep 10, 2010 10:00pm EDT
-- to educate drivers about the potentially deadly consequences. fox 5's maureen umeh has the details. >> reporter: you've seen it, maybe even done it yourself. >> probably talking on the phone is probably the biggest thing. >> reporter: but there's also texting, eating, putting on makeup or sometimes worse all while driving. >> i admit once in a while i've looked at my e-mail at a light and all of a sudden the light changes and you're not going and backing up traffic. it's a problem. >> reporter: distractions that pose a danger on the roadways and fairfax county police are cracking down. >> it's really gotten to be an epidemic and it's very dangerous. that is the message we are really trying to drive home that even though it's not illegal to do some of these activities, it's causing a probable. >> reporter: a recent study by the virginia tech transportation institute shows nearly 80% of all crashes and 65% of all near crashes involve driver in attention due to distraction. >> i say the most important thing about driving is alertness. it's not so much ability but alertness. >> reporte
Sep 9, 2010 5:00pm EDT
for fenty, maureen. >> federal elections, federal laws apply. what is the penalty for vote buying? i would imagine it's serious. >> reporter: you're right, it's a federal offense if someone is found and found guilty, they could face a $10,000 fine. we'll keep you updated on this one. >> we know you will. thank you for that. >>> do you think d.c. is better off today than it was four years ago? we want to know what you think. go to www.myfoxdc.com and take our web poll. we're going to bring you the results tonight on fox 5 news at 10. >>> and a teenager gunned down in the street died. tonight, his grieving family is looking for answers. the 15-year-old was shot tuesday night on busy central avenue and died yesterday. sherri ly has more on that. >> reporter: justin pinole called his family 30 minutes before being shot and said he was on the way home. they didn't learn about the shooting until the next morning. by the time the family got to the hospital, he was in a coma and hours later he died. justin had a lost friends. here he is on his myspace page, a freshman at central high school. hundr
Sep 9, 2010 10:00pm EDT
. >>> but we begin with this shocking scene. hanks thanks for joining us. i'm maureen umeh. >> and i'm laura evans. it was just over 24 hours ago this car jumped off the road, hit two women and ran right into a d.c. restaurant and the driver behind the wheel was way over the legal limit. fox 5's wisdom martin is live to start us off tonight. >> reporter: that car gan, but the mess remains in front of the is gone, but the mess remains in front of the restaurant. the two women who were hit remain in the hospital fighting for their lives and the driver faces serious charges of driving while intoxicated and aggravated assault. according to charging documents, chamica adams was intoxicated when she hit julie backliner, a student at johns hopkins and melissa basque before crashing into a restaurant. her blood alcohol content was .18, more than two times the legal limit. d.c. police say 23-year-old adams seen here in handcuffs was driving a 2007 dodge charger southbound on 18th street when she hit two women standing on a traffic island. police say adams continued across florida avenue, jumped the c